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  Alpine Ascents Ranier: Summit Attempt in the Morning

Monday, September 24, 2012
Snacks At The Flats!

The weather has improved dramatically, allowing the whole team to reach high camp in good style. We are currently hanging out, enjoying some snacks, and preparing for our summit attempt early tomorrow morning.

Smoked out!

High winds yesterday blew in a thick layer of smoke from the eastern Washington wildfires. Despite the smell of campfire and 1 mile visibility, moral is high and the whole team is preparing to move to high camp!

Sunday, September 23, 2012
Beat the weather

just .10 to the summit. Cold and windy but some great views and a fun group of climbers. We are all safely back at camp Muir and about to continue our descent in less than ideal conditions but it is what it is. Stu

Saturday, September 22, 2012
All is well at high camp

Fun fit group. Looking forward to the climb ahead. Stu

Friday, September 21, 2012
Smokey and the Skinny Jean Bandit

We all enjoyed a great summit of Rainier! It was very pleasant and warm but a bit smokey from all the wildfires. Special props to AAI's own Phil Collins who wore some hipster blue jeans to the top. Ben and I were sure proud of him. Headed down to Muir and the Paradise...celebration lunch will top off a great climb. -Seth

Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Woo hoo! Resting and rehydrating at the flats after a safe and successful sunset climb, with everyone tagging the to. Photo and burrito credit go to Lhakpa gelu. - nick

Monday, September 17, 2012
Summit success
Pleased to report 9 of us summited rainier this morning and we are safely back to camp Muir . Weather was fantastic. Just about to descend the Muir snowfield and looking forward to celebrating with burgers and beer in Ashford .stu

Sunday, September 16, 2012
"I was here first"

Have not yet managed to "capture" the exquisite wildlife shots that $eths group managed but I will see what I can come up with on my last climb next weekend. Regardless of our lack of the cascadian fox sightings it is my pleasure to report the whole group is Safely at Ingraham flats and doing extremely well. Today following a relaxed bacon,eggs and blueberry pancake breakfast we completed a snow school which equipped us with the skills that allow us to be safely guided on the upper mountain. For September it does not get any better ,it is absolutely beautiful and we are all looking forward to the climb ahead . I will keep you posted of progress. $tu


Saturday, September 15, 2012
The whole team summits Rainier!

We had splitter late season weather the entire trip and folks did great. All made the summit and more importantly everyone is back @ Club Muir safe and sound! Headed now for some burgers 'N beer.

Friday, September 14, 2012
Up in Club Muir

We had an awesome trip up the snowfield and a great dinner last night. Everyone established what their "entrance song" would be while feasting on an incredible breakfast. The group is currently learning some mountain climbing skills that will help us ascend Mount Rainier safely and efficiently! We will check in with everyone tomorrow. -$eth


Thursday, September 13, 2012
11 summit safely and back to high camp

Doing well. Beautiful day and had the upper mountain to ourselves. September does not get any better. Stu


Saturday, September 8, 2012
High camp

All is well at Ingraham flats . Just had a pasta dinner ,summit talk and getting ready for some rest before starting in the early hours. Ready to rock and roll and give it our best. Hoping the adverse weather forecast does not come to fruition. Stu


Friday, September 7, 2012
3-day team successfully summits!

Guide Devin Bishop called in to say the team is heading back down to Paradise from Camp Muir after a gorgeous, stunning, windless summit! The group will enjoy a celebration meal on the way back to Seattle this evening. Congratulations to the successful climbers.


Thursday, September 6, 2012
3-day Rainier all at Muir

The Sept. 5-7 3-day climbers all reached Camp Muir yesterday and enjoyed beautiful views from 10,000 feet. This morning the team will work on crampon use, rope-team travel, and self-arrest practice before moving up to Ingraham Flats. The forecast calls for sunny skies and relatively mild winds on the upper mountain for the next few days, and we wish the team the best on their summit attempt!
Posted by alpineascents at 8:40 AM Wednesday, September 5, 2012
13-day course checks in

The August 25-Sept.6th 13-day course folks are having a great time and enjoying beautiful late-summer weather. Michael Horst called to check in yesterday, and said that they have been 100% successful on everything they've attempted to climb, including Mt. Shuksan during the early part of the course, as well as Cutthroat Peak, Liberty Bell, and the South Early Winter Spire. The group is now spending the remaining days back in the North Cascades, with a plan to attempt Sahale Peak via the Sahale Arm. Best of luck to the team on their final objective of the course!
Posted by alpineascents at 11:15 AM Summit!

Sept 5
We had a great summit day yesterday!!
Incredible sunset from 14410 feet. Everyone doing good and headed to the car park after fuelin' up on coffee at camp Muir.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Hey y'all!

Everyone doing good up here at Muir. Stellar late season conditions. Planning an afternoon summit today!


Friday, August 31, 2012
Power Breakfast

Eat well to climb well. Guides Nick, Sam, and Dylan prepare a feast of bacon, eggs, and blueberry pancakes to power the team through snow school and up to high camp. The weather is terrific and we are excited to move up the mountain. -Eitan


Aug. 28-30 3-day Climb

The 3-day team had surprisingly fantastic weather, unlike what the weather forecast predicted! The team enjoyed great views during the training day at Camp Muir before moving up to Ingraham Flats. Three climbers made the summit, with lighter winds than expected at the top. All are safely down and headed back to Seattle.

August 26-28 Rainier Team

The team has successfully moved to high camp with everyone feeling strong and is currently resting up for a summit bid early tomorrow morning. High winds are forecasted, but right now, we're enjoying sunny skies and only a light breeze. We'll see what tomorrow brings!

August 26 Rainier Trip at CampMuir

All our group arrived and had a great burrito meal! Thank you Dylan. We witnessed a beautiful lenticular cloud as we hiked up which dissipated as we got up to Camp Muir. It's still a bit breezy up here, but we are looking forward the move to The Flats, our high camp.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012
6-day course enjoying Mt. Shuksan

Eitan Green called in to say he and Matt Nightengale are having a great time with the group on the Aug. 19-24 6-day course. They are up on Mt. Shuksan practicing crampon technique, movement on a rope team on glaciated terrain, crevasse rescue, knots, and other skills that will enable them to safely attempt Mt. Shuksan before the end of the course.

 Aug. 20-22 3DM Summits!

Dave Heinbach just checked in after a successful summit climb on the Disappointment Cleaver route. He says they had a fun wind event at high camp last night, but things calmed down and they were able to climb in fairly calm conditions. The team is heading out and will be back in Seattle this evening.

August 18-20 Muir

Three teams topped out on the summit of Mt. Rainier early this morning. Light wind, cooler temps and a beautiful sunrise met the climbers.

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